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Yours Truly, Pierre Stone by [Bain, Sam]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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"A queasily funny assessment on the pull of celebrity culture." -- iD

"A witty black comedy perfect for the media age." -- HEAT

"Clever, satirical and savvy. If you liked American Psycho you’ll love this." -- FHM

"I've never read a book, but if I had to, this would probably be it." -- Ricky Gervais - The Office

"Interesting and poignant. The narration is engaging and Pierre's voice falls between Adrian Mole and Travis Bickle." -- The Independent On Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: BSB LLP (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GUKLDMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 1 May 2002
Format: Paperback
I finished Yours Truly, Pierre Stone last night and I have been back to it a couple of times already today to puzzle out some things, like the realisation that there is no reply from Marie is so subtle that I wondered in the end why he had gone quite mad. I suppose it is left to your own interpretation as to why and when. Addictive reading though, it only took me 2 nights of about 45 mins each, once I started I couldn't stop.

Because this kind of story sticks in your mind, I think that every now and again I will have to pick this weird and funny book off the shelf just to read a little bit again...sometimes only a few lines but I'll be right back in it again, whether I start at page 1 or 61!

The other weird and funny thing is that I used to live on the Brighton Road, Purley where it is set so I could actually visualise the scenes.
Buy this book. It is BRILLIANT.
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Pierre Stone is a character that you just want to work out - he's inadvertently funny, good with words has an incredible memory bursting with feeling but caught in a world like most of us in which he doesn't quite fit in. The actual story is about his obsession with a game show hostess and ballroom dancer; an obsession revealed in a series of letters to her. But for me, it was really about what happens when people don't fit in, when they are not understood or loved. It left me with many feelings and images that were unsettling and poignant, but with a tickle of laughter and a smile in the background.
As a read, it definitely is a page turner, you feel concern for Pierre and you want to know what bizarre and extraordinary twist he will find to a commonplace thing. Pierre's first job as a waiter ranks as great comedy combining the absurd with the pathetic - moves the heart,the head and the belly. And as a climax of escapist joy, his game of Twister with Ulrika Johnson and other minor celebs who just happen to drop by for afternoon tea was perfectly pitched. The imagination of a man trying for salvation and turning to the only gods he knows.
As you can see - I took a lot from it and I would definitely recommend it to the reader who wants more from a book than heartless laughter and amoral drama. Definitely one to enjoy and be challenged by.
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I don't think I've ever read a book quite like 'Yours Truly, Pierre Stone'. It's funny, cringe-making and unsettling - a riveting tale that also manages to make a lot of telling points along the way about our consumer society and celebrity worship. Told entirely through series of letters from Pierre himself, the novel tells the creepy story of a dysfunctional young man obsessed with a co-presenter from daytime TV. The letters start off in a light vein, but bit by bit Sam Bain reveals an increasingly dark side to Pierre and the reader's ideas about him go through a sea change as the character's tentative grip on reality starts to slip. It's also beautifully observed - anyone who grew up in the Seventies will find a lot of trivia bells ringing as they read. And in the best story-telling tradition, there's a sting or two in the tail. Sam Bain's Pierre Stone is a truly memorable creation of fiction, and 'Yours Truly, Pierre Stone' will stay with you for long time.
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This is easy to read, quite boring at times, has its moments, but ultimately fails to stimulate. Written as a series of letters from a mentally challenged fan, no real flow can ever be established, and sometimes i had the feeling he was writing for writings sake, just to fill up a few more pages. However, Sam Bain does manage to make the reader feel for Pierre Stone, and some of the references to Sonic the Hedgehog and other early nineties nostalgia brought back some old memories.
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